Town of Clinton Historic District – Clinton, New Jersey

Isaac Kremer/ January 18, 2021/ architecture, downtown, preservation/ 0 comments

The Red Mill, built circa 1810, over the years processed wool, grist, talc, plaster, and graphite. River water power also later generated electricity. A limestone quarry here was mined from the 1800s up until 1963. The Red Mill today is one of the indisputable historic and scenic sites in this area, though the Town of Clinton has much to offer

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Restoring the Vanvert and Sadie Tyrell House in Metuchen, New Jersey

Isaac Kremer/ October 6, 2020/ preservation, Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Raymond M. Laing (1880-1956) and Anna M. (Tyrell) Laing (1879-1958), his wife, purchased the property at 63 McCoy Ave on August 22, 1924. The deed was recorded September 12, 1924, in Book 784 of Deeds for Middlesex County, page 414. Laing worked for the Barber Asphalt Company, before retiring in 1946. His wife Anna May Tyrell (1879-1958) was sister of

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Krämer Family Farm – Westphalia, Michigan

Isaac Kremer/ June 25, 2020/ preservation, Uncategorized/ 0 comments

The arrival of the Krämer family in Michigan followed a common path of immigration starting in Prussia, crossing the ocean, traversing the Erie Canal, and settling in Buffalo. From there families moved westward in search of land and opportunity. Michael Krämer preceded his father to the United States in 1851 and settled first in Buffalo. He married Angela Schweick in

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Fairmount Park, Section 2 – Metuchen, New Jersey

Isaac Kremer/ April 8, 2020/ preservation, Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Earlier we recounted the development of Fairmount Park and the key people involved in real estate development in Metuchen, New Jersey, in the early 20th century. Then we gave a tour of the neighborhood looking at the Robinvale neighborhood anchored by a depot that Wright Robins had built for $25,000 to provide better access to this section. Finally, we shared

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Robins Park – Metuchen, New Jersey

Isaac Kremer/ March 28, 2020/ preservation, Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Earlier we wrote about Wright Robins, the train station he built near Grove Avenue and Henry Street, and his role in the development of the Robinvale neighborhood of Metuchen between Grove Avenue, Woodbridge Avenue, and Jonesdale Avenue. Wright Robins owned the primary house south of Woodbridge Avenue. David Trumbull Marshall around 1930 recounted and remembered Robins and his estate nearly

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Uplands – Metuchen, New Jersey

Isaac Kremer/ March 28, 2020/ preservation, Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Papers glowingly reported in July 1897 how Mr. and Mrs. Holden Spear “gave a lawn party for the entertainment of their numerous friends. More than 150 guests were present from Metuchen, this city, and other places, and they were charmed with the splendid hospitality extended to them.”[1],[2] Tragedy befell them shorty thereafter in October 1899 when Uplands burned to the

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Robinvale – Metuchen, New Jersey

Isaac Kremer/ March 28, 2020/ preservation, Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Where there are suburban streets and single-family houses today, Metuchen once had a number of sizable estates. While most are long gone their memory lives on in street names and written sources. Uplands was the home of Mr. and Mrs. Holden Spear (Upland Ave and Spear St today), Henry Redfield (Redfield Village Drive), and Wright Robins (Robinvale). Before getting into

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Downtown – Staunton, Virginia

Isaac Kremer/ August 31, 2019/ architecture, downtown, Main Street, placemaking, preservation, program, public art, storefront/ 0 comments

T. J .Collins designed the Marquis Building on Beverley Street with a corner turret, bay windows, and gable-roofed bays. Together these give this commercial building a commanding presence at the intersection that it rests upon. The T. J .Collins designed Switzer Building with triple arches on the 2nd floor based on larger Venetian palazzos with a diamond pattern of terra

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Downtown – York, Pennsylvania

Isaac Kremer/ April 28, 2019/ architecture, beer, downtown, placemaking, preservation, public art/ 0 comments

Old Town Historic District Colonial Garden The Gear Garden & Foundry Park Foundry Park sits on the site of the Eyster Weiser Co. foundary, established in 1904, whose buildings flanked Philadelphia Street. The main foundry was destroyed by fire in 1975. Brick structure that held other foundry functions are still on site, overlooking the park. When the park was built

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Battlefield – Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Isaac Kremer/ April 26, 2019/ architecture, Main Street, preservation, program/ 0 comments

Globe Inn The Globe Inn was one of Gettysburg’s oldest hotel-taverns, originally owned and operated in 1798 by town founder James Getty, and traditionally the unofficial headquarters for the local Democratic party. This political association made the Globe Inn a favorite of Confederate officers during their occupation of Gettysburg. They patronized the Inn for food, drink and lodging to the

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